Kvitova wins first title since knife attack

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova returns a ball to France's Kristina Mladenovic on day five of the Birmingham Classic tennis tournament at Edgbaston Priory Birmingham England Friday

She then decided to make her return to the tennis court 12 months ago at the 50k ITF tournament in Eastbourne where she managed to reach the semi-finals. It was a dream to play on the grass this season, I made it'. "I didn't have expectations of any goals or of winning tournaments". "I think that my game should be same as every other day, to play fast and aggressive and to show my serve again, and I hope it will help me again". And this is something clearly special. "It's some bonus to have in my life and my career and everything".

Barty, who had taken time out from the sport to play cricket in the Women's Big Bash League, had pulled off an upset in the semi-final, beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up. I'm pleased with how I am playing. "I could not have imagined a better comeback than I am having now". "So I have to say I'm kind of proud of myself that I did it today".

Chasing his ninth title at the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, Federer was serving for the match when he was broken by the 21-year-old Russian.

Kvitova held her opening service game to love, captured 14 of the first 15 points, and the first five games.

She underwent four hours of surgery and still isn't fully recovered, but returned to WTA competition at the French Open last month.

This was only the second tournament for Petra after that horrific accident she experienced back in December when the attacker injured her hand, but luckily it seems that everything is alright and that she is going to be among the favorites in the upcoming Wimbledon.




The 27-year-old not only looked untroubled by her hand this week but she also looked back to her best with her explosive serve often too much for Barty as she produced 13 aces.

But a fired-up Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set.

"It's so incredible to have Petra back on the court".

It was Safarova's second success against a seed this week, her victory over the ninth-seeded Australian following another in the first round against the third-seeded Slovakian, Dominika Cibulkova, when Safarova saved two match points.

"But I'm feeling confident, we've had a lot of grasscourt tennis now coming into Wimbledon, so hopefully we can play well tomorrow and transfer that through Eastbourne, and of course, Wimbledon".

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